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Archive for Sunday, September 2, 2001

World Briefs

September 2, 2001

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Australia: Refugees' plight earns attention of U.N. leader

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan calls a new plan for the more than 400 asylum seekers stranded on a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean less than ideal.

New Zealand and the Pacific island state of Nauru agreed Friday to accept the refugees, mostly Afghans, breaking a six-day diplomatic deadlock regarding their fate.

Major details, including how the stranded migrants will be taken off the ship and transported to New Zealand and Nauru, have not been worked out.

"It's not an ideal situation and I feel for the refugees who are on this ship, in the heat, in containers," Annan said.

Colombia: Massacre investigator slain; 2 aides missing

Gunmen on a motorcycle assassinated a government prosecutor investigating one of Colombia's bloodiest paramilitary massacres in years, and a U.S. human rights group said Saturday that two of her colleagues are missing and feared dead.

Yolanda Paternina, 50, was shot twice as she was returning home from work Wednesday in the city of Sincelejo, according to police.

Two investigators working with Paternina on the case disappeared in June and are feared dead, said Robin Kirk of Human Rights Watch.

The three were probing allegations of state complicity in a massacre in which dozens of paramilitary gunmen hacked to death 26 people.

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